Sail­ing tri­umph

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Three young Porirua sailors helped Hutt In­ter­na­tional Boys’ School claim the Harken Sec­ondary Schools Sail­ing Re­gatta in Auck­land re­cently.

Jonathan Fran­cis, Cal­lum Pritchard and Daniel McDowall, who all sail at Pare­mata Boat­ing Club, were part of a four-per­son crew led by Ge­orge Gautrey at the re­gatta, hosted by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

The boys sailed par­tic­u­larly well on the first day, March 9, win­ning four of the seven races, cre­at­ing an al­most un­beat­able lead. Though not quite as dom­i­nant the fol­low­ing day, the crew fin­ished in the top five in all races to win by a sig­nif­i­cant mar­gin from Kerik­eri High and King’s Col­lege. HIBS have been in­vited back to de­fend the ti­tle next year, and with all the team re­turn­ing to school they should have a great chance of a re­peat in 2014.

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